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Utah County, Utah
Map
Map of Utah highlighting Utah County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the USA highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1850
Seat Provo
Largest City Provo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,144 sq mi (5,553 km²)
2,003 sq mi (5,188 km²)
141 sq mi (365 km²), 6.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

575,205
258/sq mi (100/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.utahcounty.gov
Named for: Ute Tribe

Utah County is a county in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 516,564, making it the second-most populous county in Utah. The county seat and largest city is Provo, which is the third-largest city in the state. The county was created in 1850 and named for the Spanish name (Yuta) for the Ute Indians.

Utah County is part of the Provo-Orem, UT Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area.

In 2010, the center of population of Utah was located in Utah County, in the city of Saratoga Springs.

Utah County is one of seven counties in the United States to share the same name as the state it is located in (the other six counties being Arkansas County, Hawaii County, Idaho County, Iowa County, New York County, and Oklahoma County).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,144 square miles (5,550 km2), of which 2,003 square miles (5,190 km2) is land and 141 square miles (370 km2) (6.6%) is water.

Utah Valley lies at the center of the county, lined by the mountains of the Wasatch Range on the east. Utah Lake occupies a large part of the valley. The elevation ranges from 4,487 feet (1,368 m) above sea level at the lake to 11,928 feet (3,636 m) at the peak of Mount Nebo.

Adjacent counties

Baled hay in Utah Valley
A partial view of Utah Valley seen here from outside of Salem

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,026
1860 8,248 307.1%
1870 12,203 48.0%
1880 17,973 47.3%
1890 23,768 32.2%
1900 32,456 36.6%
1910 37,942 16.9%
1920 40,792 7.5%
1930 49,021 20.2%
1940 57,382 17.1%
1950 81,912 42.7%
1960 106,991 30.6%
1970 137,776 28.8%
1980 218,106 58.3%
1990 263,590 20.9%
2000 368,540 39.8%
2010 516,564 40.2%
Est. 2015 575,205 11.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2010, there were 516,564 people, 140,602 households, and 114,350 families residing in the county. The population density was 259 people per square mile (100/km²). There were 148,350 housing units, at an average density of 74 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.4% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.4% Asian, 0.8% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 4.6% some other race, and 2.7% from two or more races. 10.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 140,602 households, out of which 47.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were headed by married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.4% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.57, and the average family size was 3.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 35.2% under the age of 18, 15.8% from 18 to 24, 28% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24.6 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the county was $45,833, and the median income for a family was $50,196. Males had a median income of $37,878 versus $22,656 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,557. About 6.80% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 4.80% of those age 65 or over.

The five most reported ancestries in Utah County are:

Religion

88.1% Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
10.1% Non Religious
1.8% Other

Communities

Phone 006
Utah Valley, Utah County as seen from Traverse Ridge in Lehi
Mt. Timpanogos (2007)
Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range is visible from much of Utah County.

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

In popular culture

  • The 2003 book Under the Banner of Heaven written by Jon Krakauer discusses locations throughout Utah County.
  • The 2007 film American Fork (later known as Humble Pie) was filmed in that city.
  • The film Brigham City was filmed in Mapleton. Despite the name of the film, Richard Dutcher had Mapleton, not Brigham City, in mind in making the film.
  • The 1984 film Footloose was filmed at various locations in Utah County: American Fork, Lehi, Orem, Payson, and Provo.
  • The 1985 film Fletch is set in part in Provo. The dialogue makes frequent reference to the city.
  • The 2008 documentary Happy Valley is about drug abuse in Utah County.
  • The book Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, by Diana DiNitto, mentions Utah County as one of the three most generous counties in philanthropic donations in the U.S., based on an article in Giving USA 2003 (the other two were San Juan County, Utah and Madison County, Idaho).

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